LOS ANGELES - In the next round of TV-network morning wars, the battle to watch will be Kelly vs. Kelly. Megyn Kelly's new NBC morning program will launch at 9 a.m. in the fall, according to an NBC News spokeswoman, meaning the popular former Fox News Channel anchor will square off in many markets against a retooled "Live," the syndicated ABC program led by Kelly Ripa. ABC said Monday morning that she will be joined as co-host by Ryan Seacrest after a year of working with an array of guests.
LOS ANGELES - ESPN expects to part ways with 100 of its sports journalists as the Walt Disney sports media juggernaut places more focus on its rejiggered "SportsCenter" lineup as well as digital content associated with that program.
Elton John spent two nights in intensive care with a potentially deadly bacterial infection and has canceled all his concerts for the rest of April and May, his publicist said on Monday. The British musician, 70, became "violently ill" on a flight home from his recent South American tour, spokeswoman Fran Curtis said in a statement. The "Rocket Man" singer spent two nights in intensive care in the UK and is resting at home after being released on Saturday, the statement said.
LOS ANGELES - CNN political commentator Jeffrey Lord raised a few eyebrows on Thursday morning by comparing President Donald Trump to Martin Luther King Jr. Lord said Trump should be thought of as the "Martin Luther King of health care" during an appearance (via Skype) on Alisyn Camerota's "New Day." Fellow CNN commentator Symone Sanders, a Democratic activist, fired back immediately.
LOS ANGELES - MTV is reviving the reality franchise "Fear Factor" for a new generation. The Viacom cabler has ordered 10 new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Rap star Ludacris is set to host and exec produce. The series that challenges teams of contestants to face extreme physical and mental trials is expected to bow May 30.
NEW YORK - Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy died in his sleep at a New York hospital on Wednesday at age 57 after suffering from leukemia, entertainment media reported. Murphy, whose younger brother is "Coming to America" and "The Nutty Professor" star Eddie Murphy, was a cast member and sketch writer on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." The Brooklyn native also co-wrote and acted in some of his brother's movies, including the 2007 comedy "Norbit." Murphy's agent William Rodriguez was not immediately available for comment.
LOS ANGELES - For the third time in one day, Sean Spicer is attempting walk back his statement that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons" during World War II. Appearing on Wolf Blitzer's "The Situation Room" on CNN Tuesday, Spicer offered up an apology for the comment, following an afternoon of backlash.
LOS ANGELES - James Corden will host a brand new "Carpool Karaoke" primetime special on CBS in May, Variety has learned. The special will feature an all new "Carpool Karaoke," Toddlerography, as well as some of Corden's favorite moments from past episodes of "The Late Late Show." Guests for the special will be annouced at a later date. It will air May 22 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
LOS ANGELES - Tomi Lahren has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Glenn Beck and TheBlaze, claiming that she was fired after an appearance on "The View," in which she said she was pro-choice. In the lawsuit, filed in Dallas County Court in Texas, Lahren claims that Beck and others associated with TheBlaze engaged in a "smear" campaign by "chastising her political views and opinions in a clear attempt to embarrass, humiliate, and undermine" her "reach to her audience on social media and elsewhere."
LOS ANGELES - Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.